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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Condo market broke records in 2012, remains strong in 2013: report

Condo market broke records in 2012, remains strong in 2013: report

The latest report from condominium authority Urbanation on the Toronto condo market downplays any concerns about over supply. While 2012 saw a record number of new condominium starts, with developers beginning work on 24,388 units in 104 projects, the ratio of sold to unsold units has remained consistent and “above the long-run average in recent… Continue Reading

A look at some of this year’s Design of the Year nominees

A look at some of this year’s Design of the Year nominees

London’s Design Museum revealed the shortlist for this year’s Designs of the Year Awards, or as they call them, “the Oscars of the design world.” The awards cover Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. A lot of the nominees are British, and last year’s overall winner of the Design of the Year was… Continue Reading

GG awards for architecture include 5 GTA buildings

GG awards for architecture include 5 GTA buildings

This year’s Governor General’s Medals in Architecture will be given out at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday and six of the recipients are from the Toronto area. A Toronto firm, Ted Teshima, also designed an Ottawa winner, the Delegation of the Ismaeli Imamat.  The winning Toronto-area  buildings cover a wide range of functions and… Continue Reading

Have lawyer check condo status certificate

Have lawyer check condo status certificate

A truly horrific cautionary tale comes from a South Carolina condominium community called Collins Crossing, where owners, who are described as “working class,” were slapped with a special assessment for $5,400 each. They were given just three weeks to come up with the cash or face the consequences. That could mean losing their homes for… Continue Reading

designboom mart debuts at Toronto Interior Design show

designboom mart debuts at Toronto Interior Design show

Rummage sale meets high design? Something like that. A “curated pop-up mart that offers high-profile design in a familiar street market setting” is the more formal description. It is designboom mart, and it is on at the Toronto Interior Design Show (IDS13), the first time it’s come to Canada. It’s where you can see and buy… Continue Reading

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Living happily ever after in a condo: Top 5 “Happiness Factors” to consider before buying a condo; it’s not what you think

Living happily ever after in a condo: Top 5 “Happiness Factors” to consider before buying a condo; it’s not what you think

The condominium market is increasingly the go-to choice for urban dwellers, with the price of detached houses now out of reach for many. Condo living have distinct advantages in this hot market. It also has its own unique issues, starting with how to find a reputable builder/developer management company — and the 4 other “Happiness…

Social housing crisis — With a wait list of 181,000, what help is in sight for the proposed shut down of 1000 TCHC units?

Social housing crisis — With a wait list of 181,000, what help is in sight for the proposed shut down of 1000 TCHC units?

The pending Rental Fairness Act attempts to protect the 1.2 million rental householders in Ontario. But there are 181,000 people on the social housing waiting lists in Toronto alone that apparently have no relief in sight — with Toronto’s plan to shut down another 1000 units. The Ontario government may not be directly responsible for…

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

With 1.2 million rental households in Ontario, frequently rented from condo-owners, the stakes are high for Ontario residents in a “fairness” rental act. Ontario is following through on their announcements of rent control reform. A news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Housing makes it clear The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, is a coming reality. It’s safe…

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